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Ron West

  • A two-time first-team All-MIAA selection and the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1991
  • Pittsburg State's all-time leading receiver, with 85 receptions for 1,779 yards and 21 touchdowns
  • Winner of the Harlon Hill Award which honors the top player in Division II
  • A member of the Pittsburg State Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame
West, Ron
Inducted 2011

Born: June 23, 1968 – Pineview, Georgia

Graduated: Wilcox County H.S. (Rochelle, GA), 1987; Pittsburg State University, 1992

Overview

Persistence and determination paid off for Ronnie West, who in 1991, was selected as the best college football player in the country at the NCAA Division II level.

Career at Pittsburgh State

While the Heisman Trophy signifies the top football player in Division I each year, the Harlon Hill Award honors the top player in Division II.  West, a native of Pineview, Ga., was voted the Hill Award as a senior in 1991, leading Pittsburg State University to the Division II national championship with a 13-1-1 record, including 11 straight victories to end the season.  West finished his decorated two-year career as Pittsburg State's all-time leading receiver, with 85 receptions for 1,779 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was a two-time first-team Division II All-American selection, earning consensus first-team honors in 1991 when he caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards and 12 touchdowns. West was also a two-time first-team All-MIAA selection, earning MIAA Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1991. He led Division II in punt returns his junior season in 1990.

Professional Career

West was selected in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings where he enjoyed a brief NFL career before a major knee injury prematurely ended his professional experience.  West did return from the injury to play for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football in 1995 and ‘97.

Honors

West was inducted into the Pittsburg State Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.  The annual most valuable special team player award at Pitt State is also named in his honor.